Dog found in SC with muzzle taped shut expected to make full recovery

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — A dog found in South Carolina with her muzzle taped shut is expected to make a full recovery.

WCSC reported that Caitlyn the 15-month-old Staffordshire bull terrier mix was doing so well that she did not need to undergo a previously planned surgical operation on Friday.

Doctors operated on Caitlyn last week. It was originally predicted that she would lose up to a third of her tongue, but that number now looks closer to less than one-eighth.

Caitlyn was found last month with her mouth forced shut with electrical tape in North Charleston, S.C.

Her former owners said they sold her for $10. A few days later, the dog showed up in their yard with black electrical tape wound around her muzzle.

The tape was so tight that her tongue was caught between her teeth, according to officials. The dog may have been left in that condition for up to 48 hours.

When doctors removed the tape, her muzzle swelled to about double its normal size.

The dog was named Diamond, but rescuers renamed her Caitlyn. The Charleston Animal Society is covering Caitlyn’s surgical costs. She is still recovering.

North Charleston police arrested 41-year-old William Leonard Dodson on suspicion of abusing the dog. He faces a charge of ill-treatment of an animal involving torture.

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